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Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database .

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …

Check if the opportunity covers out-of-pocket expenses, it shouldn’t cost you to volunteer.

If you have undertaken an unpaid work placement, you may be eligible for a B:KEW bursary.

If you do take on voluntary work, log your hours on the Kent Union’s Toolkit and you may achieve an award through the Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering.

What to do with my degree in Politics and IR?

If you are undecided about where you would like your degree to take you, it may be worth spending some time to really explore your career options. As a non-vocational course, a degree in Politics and International Relations provides a broad range of careers you could go into. This varies from teaching, Public Affairs and Lobbying, Journalism, social and political researcher to working with a non-governmental organisation and many more!

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

A degree in Politics and IR gives you many useful transferable skills including:

  • the ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly;
  • the capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments;
  • excellent written and oratory skills;
  • intellectual independence and autonomy;
  • team working skills;
  • a flexible and open-minded approach to work.

Useful links
To find out more about the different careers your degree could take you into, try the following sites:

If you are unsure about your career path, or you would like advice, the Careers and Employability Service offer careers guidance interviews. Full details or to book an appointment.

Investment Banking – 1st Years Diversity Internship

High Yield is a training programme, sponsored by Deutsche Bank and run by Rare, for brilliant students who are interested in financial services. The programme is open to students from any discipline, who are in their first year (or second year on a four year course) at any university. It is aimed at students who are in receipt of means-tested grants and bursaries, or those who experience other forms of social disadvantage.

Competition for summer internship places is fiercer than ever. The application and interview process is rigorous. Deutsche Bank uses a range of assessments including ability tests, and one-on-one competency based and commercial awareness interviews to help them decide who to hire. These assessments measure ability but inevitably having confidence and social capital gives students an advantage. The programme aims to enable High Yield students to develop their enormous potential.

Participants will attend a series of group sessions and one-to-one sessions which will introduce them to the skills and knowledge required, not just for the application process itself, but also for a successful career in financial services.

Deutsche Bank’s in-house sessions will involve a wide range of Deutsche Bank employees from a variety of divisions, providing students with exceptional networking and learning opportunities. The group sessions will include case study exercises, in-depth business area overviews, interactive learning activities and sessions on application and interview skills. The one-to-one sessions will create a tailored plan for each student and will include discussions about current financial news.

This programme will run for two consecutive days in June in Deutsche Bank’s London offices, as well as two consecutive days in September. Please note that all travel expenses will be paid.


In order to be eligible for the High Yield programme, you must be:

  • A first year (or second year on a four year course) undergraduate student, of any subject discipline
  • From a lower socioeconomic group – this might include eligibility for free school meals, means-tested grants and bursaries, or the experience of other forms of social disadvantage.

Politics, Art and Resistance – New Free MOOC Module

POLIR academics offer free online module with platform Future Learn

Dr Iain MacKenzie and Dr Stephan Rossbach from the School of Politics and International Relations are offering a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Politics, Art and Resistance via the Future Learn platform.

The four week course starts on April 16, and is FREE. You can register for the course here
The course is open to everyone with an interest in politics, art or resistance. As part of the course, participants will be invited to submit an image of ‘what resistance means to them’, and the images will be collected in order to create a photo mosaic, which will be on display at TATE Modern as part of a TATE Exchange workshop later in the year. The course offers the chance to explore how art movements have inspired political activism by introducing ideas and practices of resistance, and the relationship between art and politics.

You’ll explore:

  • the socially engaged practices of artists, and how art movements have inspired ordinary people
  • art manifestos, and how to develop your own manifesto
  • how creative practices connect with social and political issues

and the topics

  • What is ‘resistance’?
  • The relationship between art and politics
  • Writing to resist: The art of the manifesto
  • Life as a work of art
  • Styles of resistance
  • Resistance and Utopia
This is a new form of online teaching, funded by the University, which allows the School of Politics and International Relations to bring our teaching to a large online audience. Sign up or recommend to a friend!

Find out more about Future Learn here
Join the conversation: use the hashtag #FLresistance to discus the course on social media


The Career in International Affairs Forum is an event dedicated to Careers in International Affairs.  Taking place annually in London, you will hear from leading experts and institutions, delegates can also receive careers advice and identify alternative career pathways.

Careers in International Affairs are highly desired, and it is no secret that the competition is fierce. That is not to say it is not worthwhile to pursue this career path; if anything, this warning should motivate students and professionals alike to start thinking at the earliest possible stage about entering the world of global affairs.

Register your place at this year’s Career in International Affairs Forum online. Places are limited, so make sure you book ahead to secure your place.


  • Career Foreign Service
  • Career in the Parliament
  • Career in Education Sector
  • Career in Diplomatic Service
  • Career in International Organisations
  • Career in Think Tanks
  • Career in UN Agencies
  • Career in Humanitarian Sector


Leading international organisations will be presenting key insights and tips on the best career routes from University onwards. You will have the chance to speak to those responsible for recruiting and head hunting the right candidates for their organisations.


The Forum is open to anyone who is interested in a career in international affairs.


08:45- 9:15 Registration
09:15- 10:00 Career in British Foreign Service – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Richard Everingham, Lead on the Fast Stream Recruitment,
10:00- 11:00 Career in International Organisations – World Bank: Claire Willman, International Affairs Associate – United Nations Population Fund: Matthew Jackson, Director of the UK Office
10:40- 11:00 Break
11:20 – 12:20 Career in Think Tanks – Chatham House: Lisa O’Daly, Director of Human Resources, – Royal United Services Institute: Oliver Kraft, Research Fellow
12:20- 13:00 Career in Education – British Council: Bethan Dinning, Project Manager
13:00- 14:00 Lunch Break 14:00- 15:00 Career in humanitarian Sector and a UN Agency – International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Sophie Da Silva, Recruiter & HR Marketing Officer – International Maritime Organisation (TBC)
15:00-15:45 Career in International Affairs, Private Sector – Jonathan Paris, Senior Adviser, Chertoff Group – Richard Griffitts, Senior Adviser, Dentons
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Career in the United Nations – United Nations : Eva Jansen, Human Resources Officer
17:00 Closing Notes: Career in Diplomacy
17:30- Departure

Date: 20th March 2017
Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street. London, WC1N 1EH
Cost: £37.16
Register online

Let us know if you will be attending this event!


Government Communication Service Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Government Communication Service Internship. The GCS Internship is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds in their penultimate or final year of university or completing a degree equivalent. The deadline for applications is 22nd February.

The Government Communication Service (GCS) is the professional body for UK Civil Service communications professionals. Lasting 6-12 weeks, interns will get an insight in to government communications, and work across a number of communications disciplines. The internship is based in London, with some placement opportunities available in Bristol, Bootle, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, South Wales (Newport) and Wiltshire.

To apply, candidates must:
Be in their final two years at university – in a communications related subject (awarded or expected) or
Be working towards a degree equivalent qualification in a communications subject (NVQ level 6)
Be eligible to work in the UK

AND Candidates must also be from one or more of the following backgrounds:
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Socially or economically disadvantaged (based on parental occupation)
Care leaver
Registered as disabled

Graduate Internships ERASMUS+

The European Commission offers Erasmus+ funding for recent graduates to carry out graduate internships

Eligible activity
The internship must be related to your degree in some way. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement in the application for funding explaining how it is related and what the expected benefits are.

The internship must take place in an Erasmus+ programme country: ie an EU member state or Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or Turkey. Internships in the UK are not eligible because you are studying at a UK institution.

Internships must be between two months and twelve months long.
Graduate internships must be completed within one year of the date you have been notified by Kent that you have achieved your degree and will graduate.

If you received Erasmus+ funding during your final year, e.g. for a Term Abroad, that period will be taken into account with the Graduate Internship; so if you completed a Term Abroad which lasted three months in your final year, then the Graduate internship would be a maximum of nine months.

The grant rates are set by the European Commission each year, taking into account the cost of living in the host countries. We will be notified of the grant rates for 2018-19 in due course. As an indicator, the grant rates for 2017-18 are as follows:
Country where the internship takes place

Grant amount
– Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia € 380 per month
– Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden €430 per month

Contact the Erasmus Team at erasmus@kent.ac.uk as early as possible. You must apply during your final year of study at Kent.

Applications cannot be considered after graduation.